Monday, August 30, 2010

Painted Teddy Christmas Brooch with Flowersoft

Hi and thanks for popping in for a visit :-)

I LOVE Teddy Bears - I am an Arctophile (which means "lover of" or "collector of" Teddy Bears).  I love Teddy Bear stamps, stuffed toys, pictures - anything with a cute teddy.  I think if Beanie Kids Bears were around when I was a little girl, I would have wanted every single one they made.  I also love to paint teddy bears which was my main reasons for starting Decorative (or Tole) Painting lessons some years ago now.

I recently painted this little Teddy Christmas Brooch and thought I would share it with you.  It came as a little kit from Artsmart Craft Cottage - sadly they don't sell any wooden products for painting anymore - they only do stitcheries and quilts - but they do have lots of Stockists around the world so you never know, you might be able to pick one up somewhere.  

The kit came as a wooden blank with the design for you to trace on plus the brooch pin for the back, but you supply the paints.  It was painted with JoSonya Acrylic paints.  After I painted it, I thought the little hat needed something "textured", so I reached for my white Flowersoft and glued it on, and I love how it turned out.  Here is a little close-up pic of the hat:

Hope you like my little teddy!  Finished length (from the top of the hat to the bottom of the stocking) is 10 cm or 4 inches.

Back in a few days with another one of those difficult masculine birthday cards!


Recipe:  Artsmart Craft Cottage "Christmas Teddy in Stocking" No. B02 (retired) by Libby Richardson, tracing paper, JoSonya Acrylic paints, paint brushes, Folk Art Matte Sealer (varnish), Flowersoft Polar White, Aleen's Tacky glue (for Flowersoft)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vintage Christmas Greetings from the Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD

Hi and thanks for stopping by :-)  I have scheduled this post because I have a very busy week ahead.  Plus I need to make a few cards over the next few days - including a 90th male birthday card - and I haven't a clue what to do - I shall need to put on my thinking-cap for that one!!   
Today's post is another Fat Cat's Design Team Vintage Christmas card made using an image from the NEW Vintage Christmas Debbi Moore Image CD. See this link to the CD at Fat Cat's Card Corner.

I enlarged my image a little, then printed it onto white cardstock using the easy-to-follow directions on the CD and selected the "best" quality print for my Canon printer. So quick and easy when you don't need to colour anything in!! :-)

Not sure if you can see in the photo, but I added some very fine red glitter to the holly berries on the image.

All the Designer papers are free digital August downloads from Bearly Mine Designs.  I ran the red dp thru my Cuttlebug using the Textile embossing folder just to add a bit of interest, but you could use any CB folder eg: script, Deb Devine, etc to get the same effect.

Each card layer has Tim Holtz Linen Distress ink sponged around the edges to darken them.

The fancy corners are from the Cuttlebug Vintage Die set and the tag is from the Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die set.

Thanks again for stopping by - have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Sentiment from Hot off the Press 'Christmas Art' HOTP 1006 clear stamp set

Ink:  Colorbox Chalk Deep Green, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress

Designer paper:  Bearly Mine Designs - free digital download August

Accessories:  Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD, Cuttlebug, Vintage Die set, Tiny Tags Die set, Textile embossing folder, seasponge, red satin ribbon, pale gold ribbon, 3 x Kaiserscrapbook pearls, .008 fine red glitter, Designer Dries Clear adhesive (for glitter), Cardstock: green, white, cream

Monday, August 23, 2010

Penny Black Feeding Frenzy - birthday card for my BIL

Hello and welcome to my Blog!

I made this little birthday card for my BIL's birthday - he loves dogs so it wasn't a hard choice to pick a stamp with a Penny Black dog on it!  I only bought this cute little stamp the other day and couldn't wait to ink it up - it's so adorable - and I love how their little tails are furiously wagging.

I stamped the image onto Watercolour paper and watercoloured it with acrylic paints.  The main image panel and sentiment are up on mounts (dimensionals),   The bone is a button and the designer paper is digital.

The sentiment stamp originally had a present in the centre, but I masked it out so I could put the paw pad button there instead.

I am popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers 'Free for All' F4A17 Challenge of 'Man's Best Friend' eg: dog, cats, fish, reptiles etc. 

Plus I am also entering the card into the 'Stampin' for the Weekend' Challenge 45 of 'Anything Goes' which can be anything as long as it has a stamped or digi image on it.  Makes it a nice and easy challenge :-)

Thanks again for stopping by!  Back in a few days with another card.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Feeding Frenzy' 1701H, Sentiment - Stampin' Up 'Riveting' set

Ink:  Stazon Jet black, Colorbox Chestnut Roan chalk

Designer paper: NitWit Collections Fat Quarter Bundle Series "Me-Wow" ©2009 by Mary Fran of

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Swiss dots embossing folder, Spellbinder, Circle Nestabilities, 140lb Watercolour paper, JoSonya acrylic paints, paintbrushes, Shelly's buttons & more - Tiny Dogs, chocolate grosgrain ribbon, 1mm/1.5mm mounts (dimensionals), paper piercer, Bazzill InStitchz mat (used for piercing), Cardstock: mustard, chocolate

Friday, August 20, 2010

Vintage Holiday Wishes from the NEW Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD

Hi there - thanks for popping into my little world :-)

I made another Design Team card for Fat Cat's Card Corner using one of the many images on the Debbi Moore 'Vintage Christmas' CD that they sent me.  I think this image is my favourite - I LOVE the colours!  I enlarged the image a little then printed it onto buttermilk-coloured textured cardstock instead of white cardstock, and oh my gosh - it looks like an oil painting IRL - like it was painted onto canvas!  See my other photo below for a close-up and you will see what I mean - and you can even click on the photo for a bigger looky!

I added some tiny dots of AI adhesive to the holly berries on Santa's garland, then sprinkled on fine red glitter.  Each layer on the card has had Antique Linen ink sponged around the edges; the main image panel and sentiment are up on mounts (dimensionals).

It was SO HARD to cut into the 'Jolly by Golly' designer paper.  I bought it last season, but hadn't used it yet - I love it so much - I think I'll have to buy some more "just to look at" LOL!

The gorgeous sentiment is from a beautiful stamp set called "Very Vintage Christmas" by Waltzingmouse Stamps which is based in Ireland, but they post worldwide.  This is one of my favourite Christmas stamp sets and the fonts are so perfect for Vintage style cards.  The sentiment was heat-embossed with gold embossing powder.

Here is a close-up of the red glitter and textured buttermilk cardstock:

I'm popping this card in the Splitcoaststampers 'Ways to use it' Challenge WT274 of 'Sweet child' where you are to incorporate an image with a 'sweet child image'.  What can be sweeter than a child at Christmas who believes in the magic of Santa?  Santa even left a little piece of his red suit and white fur at our home last year when he sat down at our dining room table to eat his milk and cookies!  Amazing!

I am also popping this card into 2 other Challenges:

One is the Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challenge Blog where this week's Challenge #37 is to use your border punches.  I used the Arch Lattice edge punch on mine - one of my favourite punches to use on Christmas cards.

And the other Challenge is A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge blog where this week's Challenge #117 is 'Christmas in August'.

Thanks again for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Waltingmouse 'Very Vintage Christmas' clear stamp set

Ink:  Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink, Versacolor gold pigment ink

Designer paper:  Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly 6 x 6 Mini Deck

Accessories:  Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD, Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities, sea sponge, mounts (dimensionals), .008 fine red glitter, Art Institute Designer Dries clear adhesive, Ribbon by Bella Ribbonz, Bow Easy, gold embossing powder, heat gun, cardstock: duck-egg blue, strawberry, buttermilk textured

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inkadinkado 'Standing Seagull' - birthday card for my BIL

Hi and thanks for stopping by :-)

It was my BIL's birthday late last week and this is the card I made for him - now that he has the card, I can post it here. 

I stamped the image onto Watercolour paper and watercoloured it with Acrylic paints.  The teal blue frame was popped up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals) over the image then I added the brads so it kind-of-looks like a porthole.

The sentiment was diecut with one my Spellbinders Tags Trio dies - I lightly inked around the sentiment with Creamy Brown chalk ink - then popped it up on 1mm mounts.

I am popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers "Way to use it" Challenge WT281 of 'Wonderful Woodgrain'.  The Challenge gave me the perfect excuse to use my Distressed Stripes embossing folder (which I have hardly used) for the brown cardstock base and seemed to be the obvious choice to match my image.  I lightly sanded the cardstock to highlight the embossing.  

I am also entering this card into the Simon Says Challenge of "There ain't no cure for the Summertime blues" where your summery creation has to have some blue in it - I have used one of my fav colours: Teal Blue.  And of course, what could be more summery than a seagull!

Thanks again for visiting - hope to see you again very soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Inkadinkado 'Standing Seagull' 99205-DD, Sentiment from: Penny Black 'Critter Party' clear stamp set

Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, Colorbox Chalk: Prussian Blue and Creamy Brown

Designer paper:  Kaisercraft Reminiscing P203 Hold Dear

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Distressed Stripes embossing folder, Spellbinder Large and Small Oval Nestabilities + Labels Trio S3-147, 140lb Watercolour paper, JoSonya acrylic paints, paintbrushes, mounts (dimensionals), EK Success Open Scallop border punch, grosgrain ribbon 15mm-9/16" wide, Fray Stop (for the cut ribbon edges), 10 x brads (Printblocks), sandpaper, Cardstock: Provincial beige, teal blue

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Penny Black Celebrating - my DH's birthday card

Hi and welcome to my Blog :-)

I made this quick little card for my DH's birthday this past week.  Now that he has the card in his hot little hand, I can post it here.  I tried to colour the cat in similar colours to our own cat - Ruby.  There is a photo of Ruby on the LHS of my Blog if you want to see her.  She is such a character and fetches just like a dog (mainly with pipecleaners or hair scrunchies), and if she wants your attention, she will drop something at your feet or your lap, stand back and miaow at you for you to throw it.  She is one cute puss!

Anyway, enough waffling and onto the card!  I diecut the circle from the blue cardstock first then ran the cardstock thru my Cuttlebug using my new Indentz embossing folder (which I sourced from the UK). 

Recently I rang KW Doggetts (an Australian paper company) for a Sample Pack of different brands of smooth white cardstock specifically to use for the Gamsol Magic/Magic Coloured Pencil technique.  They were very helpful and generous with what they sent me - and all for free!!   I had a great old play and found that their brand: "Knight" smooth cardstock was magical - the colours blend out so beautifully and perfectly, and this is the cardstock I used for this birthday card.  And it's so whiteMuch whiter than Beckett Radiance.  It was an absolute joy to colour!!!  In fact, I was so impressed, that I rang and placed an order and asked for 12" x 12" size which is very practical for my square cards 'cos I can just cut them in half.  My order was ready in a day and I was able to go and pick it up from their factory which is only about 20 mins drive from where I live.  They have a retail store where you can grab a box and fill it up with different coloured/brands of cardstock/vellums for a set price - ahhh, it was heavenly!!  I have no connection to them, but thought it was worth mentioning if you love using the Gamsol Magic technique, but don't know what cardstock to get if you are in Australia.  You can just ring up and ask for a sample pack and then you can decide what weight (ie: gsm) you like to use.  I believe they have offices in some of the other States of Australia.

I lightly coloured the background with blue chalk (which you can hardly tell from the photo!).  I added Art Institute transparent light blue glitter to the balloon.  The tiny hearts next to the sentiment are the leftover punchies from my EK Success Arrows border punch.

The fawn cardstock border was made with a Threading Water punch, and I added a Scor-Pal line above it.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Celebrating' 1472E, Sentiment from Crafter's Companion 'Popcorn the Bear' Bunches of Love set  

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Indentz 'Happy Birthday' embossing folder, EK Success Arrows border punch, Fiskars Threading Water punch, AI blue glitter (from Shabby Chic set), AI Designer dries clear adhesive, Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, Kaisercolour chalks, OMS, Prismas, fawn and blue gingham ribbon, Cardstock: royal blue, fawn, KW Doggetts Knight smooth white 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland - White Christmas Baubles

Hi and welcome to my little world :-)

I thought I would have a little change of scenery from making Vintage cards to make some quick and simple cards for Christmas using one of the folders from the fabulous new set by Cuttlebug called "Winter Wonderland".  It is available here at Fat Cat's Card Corner.  I have made a couple of others which I will upload here to my Blog over the coming weeks.

The gold snowflake on the ribbon was diecut using my Cuttlebug Snowflake #2 die and gold cardstock, then I glued some very fine gold glitter to it.

The longest part of the card was waiting for the glittery snowflake to dry!  Here is a little close-up of it.  It was lovely and sunny here today, so I was lucky enough to catch a little bit of sparkle in the photo!

I am popping this card into the Clean and Simple Challenge CAS75 of 'Dry Embossing' over at Splitcoaststampers.  It's great that there is no time limit to play the challenges at Splitcoasters so you get to see lots of people's cards made for each challenge.

I am entering this card into the Our Creative Corner Challenge of "It's Embossable" where you can use any type of embossing on your card, eg: heat, dry etc.  Wish me luck!!

Thanks again for stopping by!  Back in a few days with a birthday card.


Card Recipe:

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Winter Wonderland embossing folder set, Cuttlebug Snowflake #2 die, fine gold glitter, Art Institute Designer dries clear adhesive (for glitter), Bow Easy, ribbon, Stampin' Up corner punch, Cardstock: white, gold

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Another vintage card from the NEW Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD

Hi and thanks for stopping by :-)

I made another DT card for Fat Cat's Card Corner using an image from the Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD.  I was playing around with the settings on my camera today and discovered that you can tell the camera to photograph using "low colour" and "high colour".  I have always had trouble photographing cards with red as the red seems to overwhelm the rest of the photo and editing it in my software program didn't improve the card hardly at all - if you toned down the red, the rest of the card looked washed out.  So this card used the "low colour" setting and the sparkly red ribbon didn't overwhelm the card.  Yay!!   I still need to play around a bit more, but it's an improvement at least.

The main panel is up on 2mm mounts (dimensionals).  The fancy corner on the top RHS is a diecut from my Cuttlebug Vintage Die set.  Not much to explain about the card really - WYSIWYG.  Just a simple card that would be quick and easy to make a few of.

The gorgeous designer paper is from a digital set made by Designer Digitals called "Old Time Christmas No. 3 Kit".

If you have any questions, please feel free to Email me - my addy is on the top LHS of my Blog.

Thanks again for stopping in - see you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Sentiment from Hot off the Press 'Christmas Art' HOTP 1006 clear stamp set

Ink:  Colorbox Chalk Deep Green

Designer paper:  Designer Digitals 'Old Time Christmas No. 3 Kit'

Accessories:  Debbi Moore Vintage Christmas CD, Cuttlebug, Vintage Die set, Tiny Tags Die set, cream lace, red sequin ribbon, pale gold ribbon, 2mm mounts (dimensionals), Cardstock:  burgundy, green, cream
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